France has pulled out of the 20th anniversary commemorations of the genocide in Rwanda over accusations of their involvement in the massacre which left over 800,000 people dead.
President Paul Kagame said that France played a ‘direct role in the political preparation of genocide and participation in its execution’ in an interview with African weekly Jeune Afrique due to be published in Sunday.
As a result the French Justice minister cancelled her scheduled visit to Kigali for the ceremony on Monday.
Kagame had previously accused France of training and arming Hutu militias responsible for the bloodletting. Paris denies all allegations and had opened a genocide investigation unit in an effort to thaw relations.